The basic story is easy to describe, we left on Friday from our Starbucks/Best Buy location on Chapman, headed up the 57 Fwy to the 10 and from there transitioned on to the 134/101 freeway heading north up the coast to Pismo Beach in Arroyo Grande. On Saturday there were two groups of riders, one going to the Hearst Castle for tours and the other group taking a 180 mile tour out to see the James Dean Memorial in Chalome, CA, and then ride back. Saturday night was the big dinner occasion and then Sunday morning after breakfast it's pack up everything and ride home for a total miles logged for me of around 650 miles. Others had more or less depending on which rides they took.
The actual story however is far more exciting and fun filled than just about any ride our group has ever done. It was so spectacular that Ed Palaoro has two prospects (potential members) out looking for more descriptive adjectives. As soon as they find some really colorful adjectives we will add them to this ride report, but for now continue to use words like spectacular, laughter filled, just plain wacky and crazy funny... until they do.
Arriving and checking in at the Quality Inn in Pismo went smoothly although Brian and I were moved down to the other building and then we gathered out in front of a couple members rooms for general information sharing, or whatever you want to call it.
SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER-A. J. SPURS Saloon and Dining Hall on El Camino Real in Grover Beach.
This is where the ride comes off the rails and takes a turn into one of the most fun filled, laugh a minute dinners we ever experienced on a 230 ride that I can recall. So much went on it really is impossible to relate all that was said and comments made. Everybody turned into a member of a really receptive audience for some of my comments as well as comments from others. Somehow Ed was talking to a waitress and made the statement he couldn't hear her, and I turned to her and said, yes, that's my father Ed. Well for some reason that just got a huge laugh and all night I'm Ed's long lost son. -Don't ask me. There was also talk of Ed and his three wives...all reference to this subject is being referred to our new press kit for the trip, see below.
I mentioned that if anyone were to get married on the trip and the Ride-Captain officiated, the marriage is good only for the duration of the ride. That got a chuckle as well. It seems they would laugh at just about anything anyway.
This is why for the first time on a STAR 230 ride we have felt the need to establish a pre-approved "PRESS KIT" to provide talking points and statements to any member of STAR 230 or home office administration personnel that inquires what the heck went on at A.J. Spurs and to minimize further reputation damage. Please use the quotes shown below as a reply to any question you may receive from anyone about what was said, talked about or referenced at this historic dinner. In other words if you missed it or you were there, what happened at A.J.'s stays there.
On our return home leg we take a new road, Highway 166 from the 101 east to the 5 Freeway. See the map below.
Our return ride took us across from the 101 over to Interstate 5 and then south to Orange County. Hwy 166 is quite a road and an excellent choice for a better route than staying on the crowded 101. We stopped for lunch at Magic Mountain exit and Marie Callendar's.
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